Bilateral Cleft Lip Repair Workup

Updated: Nov 18, 2021
  • Author: Pravin K Patel, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Jorge I de la Torre, MD, FACS  more...
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Laboratory Studies

Perform a thorough physical examination, not limited to just the head and neck region, to uncover associated anomalies in the infant presenting with an orofacial cleft. Additional workup is determined by physical findings that suggest involvement of other organ systems.

The child's weight, oral intake, and growth and/or development are of primary concern and must be followed closely.

Routine laboratory studies typically are not required, other than a hemoglobin study shortly before the planned lip repair.

Routine imaging is not indicated in a healthy patient with isolated cleft lip.

Lip repair should await the resolution of any acute illnesses, including cold viruses resulting in rhinorrhea, as this may interfere with proper lip care postoperatively and contribute to complications.